Saturday, January 10, 2009

A New Year.....A New Chance

As I contemplate what I want to see happen for me and my family this year, I of course want things like peace, love, prosperity and happiness. But how will I help that to happen? What can I do to become better? How can I help my children become better?

We are always challenging our children (and ourselves) to "do just a little more" or "go the extra mile" so the thought occured to me that maybe by doing for others, by being more giving, being more understanding and by being more charitable we will be able to have peace, love, prosperity and happiness and it will come to us naturally and easily.

I think my hopes and desires for 2009 can come to pass by adhering to council given by President Hinckley a few years ago when he stated..... "let's make a decision within ourselves to be a little better than we’ve been, a little kinder, a little more merciful, a little more outreaching, with a little greater desire to bless those in distress and need. …........ Think of some small way in which we might improve ourselves and draw nearer to our Lord.”

It is my hope that we all find peace in service this year and love for others as well as ourselves.

Family Pictures December 2008

Disney Mania

Another fun trip to Disneyland. We were there for 4 days. We met up with several friends and some family. We had dinner at my cousin's house in Lake Forrest one night, dinner at ESPN Zone with my brother for his 40th birthday another night and played and played and played the rest of the time. Unfortunately, now it is back to reality:(

Gillian wanted to see Mickey Mouse's House so bad! But of course she got a little shy when she got to meet him.

Caleb and Ben spinning me in the teacups. Wild ride! Gillian and gary in the background teacup and the Townsend boys

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a safe and totally fun New Year's Eve! We had a group of about 40 here for food and fun until about 8:30 when we delivered half of them to the Stake New Year's Eve Party. Then back here with little one's to ring in the new year with a pinata, noise makers and martinellis. It was a fun night. Thanks Watson Family. We can't wait for Disneyland only 3 more days!
Celebrate Good Times!

Friends to the end! And trouble!!!!! :)

Party Girl!

Good Friends, Good Times!

This is actually a little scary! After leaving the guys with 8 little, very loud and very excited kids for an hour and a half (mary and I drove the big kids and their friends to the Stake Center and lingered:) the dads said that this is what they resorted to in order to drown out the chaos and calm their nerves. Not sure how far martinellis and paper towels get you but they are both nuts!


2008 Family Pics!

We finally got our family pictures done. Just in time for New Years! Now if I can just find time to send them off to the printer for our annual New Year's Cards I will be happy. Not sure if it will happen anytime soon but here are a few of my favorites.

Miss Gillian's Ever Growing Word and Sentence List

  • "growl"
  • Baby
  • Ball
  • Book
  • cowboy
  • Dada
  • Dog dog
  • Hi there.
  • I want out
  • I want that on.
  • I want that.
  • Mama
  • me me
  • My car.
  • No, no, no, no
  • Out
  • Pants
  • pretty
  • princess
  • Rett (Garrett)
  • Rrarlee (Carlee the dog)
  • Shoes
  • Thank you
  • That
  • tiger
  • Up
  • What's that?